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Shirley Knighton and Robert Rutledge, both of Union County Health and Rehab, New Albany, MS, were united in marriage on April 25, 2009, at the facility. The Rev. Kerry Powell officiated. The couple exchanged vows before an antique brass arch decorated with white netting and spring flowers. Antique brass stands, holding baskets of ferns flanked each side of the arch. The drive and facility walkway was decorated with huge urns holding ferns and hanging petunias accented with white bows. eeeeThe bride is the daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. Fred McMillen of Ingomar.
The groom is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Junior Rutledge of Etta.
The bride wore a Victorian style gown of ivory satin featuring a sweetheart neckline and dropped waist. The gowns bodice, puffed sleeves and cuffs were adorned in seed pearls and sequin flowers. The short walking train was adorned with ivory lace.
The bride wore a circular headpiece with a veil of illusion netting, adorned with satin flowers accented with sprigs of seed pearls. The bride carried a bouquet of spring lilies.
The bride was given in marriage by her son, Michael Knighton, of Dumas, MSee Sunnie Knighton; grand-daughter of the bride was the maid of honor. She wore a floor length dress of floral print featuring a halter-top neckline. She also carried a bouquet of
spring lilies.eeee Billy Rutledge of Etta, MS, brother of the groom, served as the best man. Carolyn Wilson, Administrator of the Facility, served as ring bearer.
Wedding music was provided by Mrs. Christine Rowland & Mrs. Linda Grisham. Sound board operated by Danny Rowland.
After exchanging vows the couple, was honored with a reception in the facility dining room. A lace overlaid table featured a three tier ivory wedding cake decorated with fresh spring flowers. Punch was served from an antique silver punch bowl. Serving the refreshments were, Sunnie Knighton, grand-daughter of the bride and Rhonda Knighton, daughter-in-law of the bride.
Following the traditional tossing of the bridal bouquet and garter, the couple was wisped off by Serenity Limousine Service for a tour of the town and countryside. As the couple left the facility grounds, balloons were released with tags proclaiming their marriage. The facility received notice a balloon landed in Finley, Ohio the following afternoon, travelling some 685 miles.
After the honeymoon the couple, continue to reside at Union County Nursing & Rehab. 1111 Bratton, Rd. New Albany, MS 38652.
The couple would like to express their gratitude to Trinity Rehab, MHCA, Holiday Inn,
Serenity Limo. Flowers & More by Pat, and the Staff and co-residents of UCHR for making their dream wedding a reality. They express their heartfelt thanks to all the
family and friends who chose to attend and be a part of this special ceremony with them.
A special thank you is issued to the Tupelo Daily Journal, New Albany Gazette, WTVA News, and local channel 99 for their reporting and coverage of their unique “Love Story”.